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02/16/2017
I do not want to underrepresent the financial problems of Louisiana — it’s not pretty. The Legislature is currently in a special session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to deal with how to close the state’s $304 million deficit. But the governor...
02/15/2017
At the beginning of school year 1969-70, the last vestiges of legal segregation in Lincoln Parish classrooms ended. That’s when predominantly black schools dotted across the parish closed, their students folding in with the rest of us. The closures...
02/13/2017
I can’t remember the last time I drove by somebody’s house and saw clothes hanging on the line. Back in the early 60’s before clothes dryers became so prevalent it was a pretty common sight. As a little kid growing up in North Louisiana, I remember...
02/11/2017
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Since January of 2016 Louisiana has had a new governor and new administration. We’ve elected many new congressmen over the past year and half. But after a little more than a year into Gov. John...
02/11/2017
If you’re just starting out in your career, you will need to be prepared to face some financial challenges along the way — but here’s one that’s not unpleasant: choosing what to do with some extra disposable income. When this happens, what should...
02/11/2017
No one enjoys thinking about the day when they or a loved one will pass away. But if you care how your estate will be dispersed after you’re gone, it’s a topic you need to consider. And for same-sex couples, it can be more complex than for others....
02/11/2017
Question: My investment guy ran a report for me that had a bunch of charts and graphs and said that I would have a 90 percent confidence level, but some of the charts show me running out of money. I usually come away from talking him with my head...
02/10/2017
In a life with so many mishaps and disagreements, it’s hard for some people to keep a positive outlook. So if you can’t be positive, just become neutral, like Switzerland. I’ve been through quite a few hardships in my life, like breakups, arguments...
02/10/2017
I’ve never been one for pageants. There was always too much pomp and circumstance for my liking, but for those who braved such things, I have great admiration. Miss Grambling State University, Astra Watts, is one of those women. When she first came...
02/09/2017
The home of André Samford Jr. and LaDana Samford is full of warmth and love with an abundance of strength and perseverance. At the center of it all, there’s four-month-old André Sanford III, the Grambling couple’s first child together. André III is...
02/08/2017
Happy almost Valentine’s Day, Louisiana. Come Monday, the Legislature will go into a 10-day special session, and the glow radiating from Baton Rouge won’t be the blush of a dozen red roses on their way from your honey. Unless, that is, you’re in...
02/07/2017
The LSU AgCenter is working on building healthy communities one community at a time in order to help make the healthy choice the easy choice for all Louisianans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Louisiana holds the...
02/06/2017
The idea occurred to me as I pulled into the Super 1 Foods parking lot. So I said a small prayer that if someone was in the store who could be blessed by my speaking with him or her, for me to recognize the opportunity and act appropriately. Then I...
02/06/2017
Today is confession time. I knew, sooner or later, I would have to “fess up” and place the proper cards on the table. So here goes. As a youngster, I talked to myself. Wait, a timeout. I should clarify it as more “announcing” than talking. Much of...
02/05/2017
There is a real good chance that when I hit the woods in a few weeks checking for turkey sign, I’ll find a bonus. Likely, I’ll find a shed buck antler or two. Seldom does a year go by that I don’t run across discarded headgear from a good buck or a...
02/05/2017
I’ll admit it. I’m one of those people who consider today a national holiday of sorts. Super Bowl Sunday. In the words of longtime Louisiana Tech sports broadcaster Dave Nitz — “You gotta love it!” And this afternoon and tonight I’ll have the time...
02/05/2017
Optimism is alive and well in this community. There is good reason for this. We do not live in a utopian or perfect community, but these are quite exciting times in our region if we have even the slightest objective or positive outlook. Our area is...
02/05/2017
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement your other...
02/05/2017
Question: No offense, but none of you financial people knew that Trump was going to win the election or that the stock market would react to it like it has. Then again neither did I. But if nobody knows what the future holds, what is the big benefit...
02/05/2017
Last year, Americans spent more than $19 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts, according to the National Retail Federation, with the majority of this money going to flowers, candy, cards and an evening out. These gifts were thoughtful, of course, and no...